By Think Real - On 14 June, 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China (MOA) released the 2017 list of GMOs (=genetically modified organism) certified for imports into China. In total, 16 products, such as soybean, corn and cotton produced by Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences, and used as raw materials for processing, were allowed, effective from 12 June, 2017 to 12 June, 2020.
 
Table 15: List of GMOs certified for imports into China, 2017
No.
GMO
Company
Used for
Effective
 period
1
Quality modified and herbicide
 tolerant soybean (MON87705)
Monsanto Far East Ltd.
Raw materials
for processing
06/12/2017
-06/12/2020
2
Herbicide tolerant
 corn (DAS-4Ø278-9)
Dow AgroSciences LLC
3
Herbicide tolerant corn (T25)
Bayer CropScience Limited
4
Herbicide tolerant rape (T45)
Bayer CropScience Limited
5
Herbicide tolerant rape (Oxy-235)
Bayer CropScience Limited
6
Herbicide tolerant rape (Ms8Rf3)
Bayer CropScience Limited
7
Pest resistant cotton (531)
Monsanto Far East Ltd.
8
Herbicide tolerant cotton (1445)
Monsanto Far East Ltd.
9
Herbicide tolerant rape (H7-1)
Monsanto Far East Ltd./KWS
 Seed (in Germany)
10
Herbicide tolerant
 soybean (A5547-127)
Bayer CropScience Limited
11
Herbicide tolerant soybean (MON89788)
Monsanto Far East Ltd.
12
Herbicide tolerant
 cotton (MON88913)
Monsanto Far East Ltd.
13
Quality modified
soybean (305423)
Pioneer DuPont
14
Quality modified and herbicide tolerant soybean
(305423×GTS40-3-2)
Pioneer DuPont
15
Pest resistant and herbicide
 tolerant corn (Bt11×GA21)
Syngenta Crop Protection AG
16
Pest resistant corn (MIR162)
Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Source: MOA
 
At this point, the Chinese government intends to improve the productivity of farms and meanwhile to build the public’s confidence in such organisms. Though the government has announced the safety of the certified GMOs, it is still very cautious about the imports. Recently the deal between China National Chemical Corporation and Syngenta has aroused public’s attention again.
 
According to the Regulations on Administration of Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms Safety, the foreign companies with intention to export GMOs to China as raw materials, should applied to the MOA for GMO safety certificates and the GMOs should be tested for environmental and eating safety. If the GMOs are vital, they should be filed, covering sources, storage and transportation; in addition, they should be controlled for safety, so as to guarantee that they will not penetrate into the environment.